In This Chapter
^ Going through a sustainability overview ^ Creating a sustainable landscape ^ Good design: The key to success ^ Working out your plan ^ Making maintenance easy and safe m ook at nature. Nobody gardens nature. Nature quietly thrives, while A^down in town, everyone takes up arms every Saturday morning — hacking, decapitating, shearing, poisoning, ripping, and tearing their yards, not to mention sweating and swearing. Lucky for you, this book is all about how to develop your landscaping along natural models so you can enjoy lovely, environmentally friendly surroundings and get a break from the battle.
This chapter gives you an overview of what sustainable landscaping is, why it matters, how it works, and how you can transform your property into a beautiful, functional sustainable landscape. If you start with this chapter, you'll have a good grasp of the basics, and then you can move on to whatever sections of the book apply to your current situation or whatever you're curious about.
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How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.